Rough sleepers in England a travesty says CIEH
Publication Date: 26th January 2017
Following the publication of DCLG’s annual statistical
release evaluating the extent of rough sleeping, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at
“In a modern,
developed and wealthy country in the 21 Century, it is an absolute travesty
that we have even one rough sleeper in England. The fact that the rate has risen in
the past year is clear evidence of system failure and that more needs to be
done to help get rough sleepers off the streets and prevent anyone becoming
homeless in the first place.
rented sector has been used by local authorities to provide accommodation for
the homeless but this sector is already under immense pressure as there is not
enough properties to match demand and we now know that local authorities are,
even now, proposing significant cuts to homeless provision.
authorities must also ensure premises allocated to house homeless persons must
first be inspected by qualified people to make sure that there are no
significant hazards present as their safety should be of the utmost
Notes to editors
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Link to DCLG’s statistics: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/rough-sleeping-in-england-autumn-2016
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